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Vauxhall Motors

Vauxhall Motors
Company nameVauxhall Motors Ltd
Company typeLimited company
PredecessorAlex Wilson and Company,
Vauxhall Iron Works
Founded1857 (Vauxhall ironworks making river boat engines)
1903 (as a horseless carriage manufacturer)
Founder(s)Alexander Wilson
No. of locationsAssembly plants:
Ellesmere Port and Luton
Area servedUnited Kingdom
Key peopleKarl-Friedrich Stracke
Duncan Aldred
(Managing director)
ServicesFinancial services
Revenue£3,785 million (2004)
Operating income£131 million (2004)
Net income£-176 million (2004)
Owner(s)General Motors
Employees4.700 (2009)
SubsidiaryGM Manufacturing Luton

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:Not to be confused with Opel, General Motors' German subsidiary.Vauxhall Motors Ltd (-enˈvɒksɔːlpron) is a British car manufacturer owned by General Motors (GM) and headquartered in Luton, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer, began manufacturing cars in 1903 and was acquired by GM in 1925. It has been the second-largest selling car brand in the UK for over two decades. The current Vauxhall range includes the Agila (city car), Corsa (supermini), Astra (small family car), Insignia (large family car), Meriva (mini MPV) and Zafira (compact MPV).

Vauxhall has major manufacturing facilities in Luton (commercial vehicles) and Ellesmere Port, UK (passenger cars). The Luton plant currently employs around 1,170 staff and has a capacity of approximately 100,000 units. The Ellesmere Port plant currently employs around 2,100 staff and has a capacity of approximately 187,000 units.

The Vauxhall product range is largely identical to that of Opel, GM's German subsidiary, and most models are principally designed in Rüsselsheim, Germany. A high proportion of Vauxhall-branded vehicles sold in the UK are produced at Opel factories in Germany, Spain and Poland, and roughly 80% of Vauxhall production is exported, most of which is sold under the Opel brand.

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